Released on April 8 in Spain, ‘Fantastic Animals: Dumbledore’s Secrets’ is in full swing, although its start has not been as promising as expected. That is why Warner Bros. are not willing to reduce the options of this third installment at the international box office.
Hence, the company has accepted that China cut from its footage a dialogue that referred to the homosexual relationship that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had in the past. Although it is a six-second scene, Dumbledore’s homosexuality seemed essential because, although JK Rowling announced in 2009 that Dumbledore was gay, it had not been revealed on the big screen until ‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets’ . In addition, the love that the two magicians professed is key to the central conflict of the film, and of the franchise. Not for Warner.
According to Variety, Warner has decided to release a statement in this regard claiming that the essence of the film “remains intact.”
“As a studio, we are committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that includes circumstances that require making nuanced cuts to respond sensitively to a variety of factors in the marketplace. Our hope is to release our films around the world just as we do.” they were published by their creators, but historically we have faced small editions made in local markets. In the case of ‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets’, a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted that change to comply with local requirements, but the spirit of the film remains intact,” the statement added. “We want audiences around the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences also get a chance to experience it, even with these minor edits.”
It is nothing new that the international scene decides to cut certain products for their content, generally associated with the LGTBIQ+ collective. It already happened in Russia with ‘Eternals’ or in China itself with ‘Friends’.